There is a church about 1,750 miles from here that has done something freaky weird. On the morning of May 3rd 2009 a basket of envelopes sat at the front of the church. Each family household in the congregation got an envelope. Inside the envelope was hope, love and sacrafice.
It sounds crazy, but in each envelope was $500. Can you imagine that? Instead of giving an offering at church – you GOT an offering. So families at this church sat with a “fist full of dollars”… I don’t want to paraphrase much more. There has been a blog set up to follow the money and see what amazing things happen…
Here’s just a little that was said on the blog:
On May 3rd, 2009, Hillcrest Church embarked on an effort to show sacrificial love to the community of Sioux Falls……. encouraging them (church members) to discover needs and meet those needs the way Jesus would. We have no idea what will happen as a result of this, but we do have hope.
This blog was created to chronicle the journey of the Jubilee. It is our hope that those at Hillcrest would be inspired to continue to be giving people to this great city when the $500 runs out and that others would be inspired to make a difference as a result of seeing what can happen when a small group of people sacrifice for the benefit of another. This is the example given to us by Jesus and it is the path we are trying to walk.
Please pray for us, encourage us and join us in the global work God has given for his church. There is no line between us, for we all serve the same Christ who gives freely to all. May God bless this community through the sacrifice of others and the works of love.
Pastor Doug Bartel
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
Check out what people did with the money!!! http://hillcrestjubilee.blogspot.com/
PS: Yeah this is my brother Dougy – he lets God do crazy frantastic stuff. Rock on Doug!!